Teacher Resources

Discover something new!
Discover something new!

We have an array of new resources developed and compiled with teachers like you in mind!  We know that you’ve got more than enough to do without creating specialized activities for field trips, so we’ve done some of the work on your behalf!  Below you can find a myriad of activities, lesson plans, sensory questions, videos (soon to come!), and helpful websites that will make your next field trip to the Conservatory educational, engaging, and EASY!

Peruse the options below and choose what works best for you and your students.  And remember: Studies show that the best way to get the most out of a field trip is to connect it to your classroom curriculum through pre- and post-visit activities!

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Is your class studying a plant or botany-concept that we haven’t developed a resource for yet? No problem! We’ve scoured the internet on your behalf and identified some high quality websites where you can find even MORE information! Check the bottom of this page for more resources from other wonderful institutions.

Themed Experiences

These experiences lend your field trip the perfect balance between structure and exploration, and are a great way to organize your students’ experience. Each one is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and scale-able to your grade level.

Explore our Experiences!

Lesson Plans

We’re excited to offer a few in-depth lesson plans based on our plant collection for those who want to go deeper. Check back in the next few months for additional plant-based lessons.

Choco 1

Choco 2

Plant Highlight

Each month we’ll add another resource that provides extended information on specific plants within our collection. This resource is perfect for a family interested in delving into one plant, or for a teacher planning a trip to the Conservatory.

Leaf Adaptations


These 5-10 minute activities are perfect for home or the classroom! Get your kids ready for a trip to the Conservatory or extend their learning once you get home with these engaging, hands-on activities you can easily reproduce on your own!

Scientific Studies & Articles

There is a TON of research going on right now about the importance of nature, unstructured play, informal STEAM learning, and the list goes on! We wanted to highlight a few articles we found particularly fascinating and worth the read so you could delve deeper into these topics.

Scientific American Mind:

  • Learning When No One is Watching
  • City Parks May Mend the Mind

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Plant Videos

Check again in a few weeks for 1 minute teen-led descriptions and introductions to plants within our collection.